Livestream Mass from St. Catherine of Siena
Sundays at 10:00 am
The Feast of The Ascension of the Lord, originally scheduled for Thursday May 21, 2020, has been moved to Sunday, May 24, 2020.
|Private Prayer Hours & Guidelines: The Church will be open from 10:00 A.M. - 2:00 P.M., Monday – Friday.
The church will be open on Monday, May 5th, Memorial Day.
BISHOP TO CELEBRATE MEMORIAL MASS FOR THE DEPARTED
Bishop David M. O'Connell, C.M., has announced that he will celebrate a diocesan Memorial Mass for all faithful departed of the Diocese who have passed away during the pandemic period when churches were closed and individual Masses of Christian Burial could not take place. The Mass is for those who died of ANY cause, not only COVID-19. This special Mass for all who are grieving the loss of a loved one will be shown on diocesan media outlets on June 17, 2020 at 2 p.m.
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ENVELOPE Giving - All envelopes may be mailed into the Parish Office or dropped off to the collection box located in the Parish Narthex. Thank you for your generosity!
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May 24, 2020 - A Message from Our Pastor
It is a great delight to know that after all the lockdown and weeks of stay at home to save lives and comply with the government’s guidelines, our Church is now open for personal and private prayers on certain days and limited hours. We must follow the directives from the CDC and ensure that we are not in violation of any policy. Historically speaking and until the present days of our lives, the Church is the place where we can find comfort, peace of mind, and the tranquility of soul because we believe that God is in our midst at this sacred place. Yes, God’s omnipotent presence is in this holy place. It is in the Church we pray, listen to God, speak to Him, and most especially celebrate the sacraments, primarily the Holy Eucharist. We are glad to invite you to come and make a visit to the Blessed Sacrament. Jesus is waiting for and longing for you!
For me, coming from the other part of the world, spring days are such a welcome relief after the cold and wet of winter. They create the opportunity for a time when we can sit, pause, and relax and look around. The green shoots of the new life surrounding us are encouraging, and we might even feel the heat of the sun on our faces. Such signs of Easter have been with us since we celebrated that beautiful feast. We are forty days later, and the feast of the Ascension of the Lord is an excellent time to pay a visit to a graveyard and reflect on those we have loved and who have gone before us. All have influenced our lives in different ways. Some memories may be joyful and evoke memories of love, care, and of course, friendship. Others might be more painful as we recall friction, arguments, and breakdowns of relationships.
The lives lost are entrusted to God, who redeems the world and promises the creation of a new heaven and earth. This feast is full of hope and joy. The Ascension of the Lord is a feast on which we pray for them because God promises an eternal future in heaven. Jesus’ ascension is the promise of an inheritance given to those who believe in him, whether throughout their lives or only at the very end. We can enter into the mystery of Christ’s death, resurrection, and ascension to the Father’s right hand.
My friends, when Jesus ascends into heaven, we have the temptation to think that he has left us. We might then think of absence rather than presence. The mystery of this feast is that it is more about presence than absence. Jesus ascends into heaven to sit at the right hand of the Father. The Holy Spirit is sent into our hearts so that we can respond to the invitation of God and follow Jesus, who is the way, the truth, and the life. Christ remains ever-present to us through the Holy Spirit and walks with us on our pilgrimage of life. Christ remains present in his body which is the Church. He gives us his word in the scripture and tradition of the Church. He is mostly closer to us in his body and blood in Holy Communion. His final command to his disciples is to go forth and spread the Gospel to the ends of the earth. At baptism, we become members of His body, the Church.
This feast gives hope to those who are dying or bereaved. It reveals to us the promise of life in heaven. It promises the mercy of God and forgiveness of sins when we recognize them and repent. It guarantees that God will never abandon us, even though we may abandon God. This feast is an excellent reminder for us, especially those who feel and think that God has forsaken us due to this COVID-19 pandemic. No. Keep in mind that God is with us all the time, especially during this time of crisis. We must show our undying faith in God, belief in Him, trust in Him. Amen.
As your Pastor, I am continually here for you as you are always with me as well. I am pleased with our generous and cognizant parishioners’ response as they continue to give their offertory gifts manifested through the monetary donations for the maintenance and upkeep of the parish. Thank you so very much for your efforts to submit your donations each week by mail, in-person drop off or online giving. May God bless you for your selflessness. For those who have not yet responded to our pleas for some reason, we understand if your means cannot allow it, for now, we are praying for you. Until we see each other at Mass again, please visit our parish website for our live streaming Mass on Sunday at 10:00 a.m.
Our nation’s traditional weekend, Memorial Day, should not be put aside despite of the ongoing world-wide Covid-19 pandemic. We must continue remembering and praying for our men and women in uniform who has offered the ultimate sacrifice of their lives not only for our country but for the whole world. Together with their families, loved ones and friends let us join our hearts and minds as we salute and honor them. May God’s blessing and peace be with them.
May God bless you and keep you safe and healthy,
As we continue to look for ways to remain close to Jesus, his Blessed Mother, and his Church, the website Magnificat has made free resources available for the month of May. Please visit www.magnificat.com/free. to learn more.
St. Catherine of Siena Parish Pray for Others Prayer Requests
There is a strength and peace that comes when we pray for another. The purpose of our prayer request is to provide spiritual support and healing. By praying for our parishioners and their family and friends, we join in a spiritual communion that strengthens us to continue living a Catholic life. Remember, the power of prayer changes lives.
To submit the full name of the person in need of prayer send an email to email@example.com. When placing someone on the prayer chain, please obtain their permission. The full list of names will be published on our website ongoing. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to remove the prayer intention from the full list.
In addition, to your personal intentions, please keep our formidable, dedicated health care workers, police, firefighters, emergency workers, and chaplains in your prayers.
“And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people” Ephesians 6:18
Parish Schedule of Livestreamed Masses offered throughout the Diocese
Diocese of Trenton masses are on the Diocesan YouTube Channel.
A Prayer for Healing
Jesus Christ, you traveled through towns and villages
“curing every disease and illness.”
At your command, the sick were made well.
Come to our aid now, in the midst of the global spread of
the coronavirus, that we may
experience your healing love.
Heal those who are sick with the virus.
May they regain their strength and health
through quality medical care.
Heal us from our fear, which prevents nations
from working together and neighbors
from helping one another.
Heal us from our pride, which can make us claim
invulnerability to a disease that knows no borders.
Be with those who have died from the virus.
May they be at rest with you in your eternal peace.
Be with the families of those who are sick or have died.
As they worry and grieve, defend them from illness and
despair. May they know your peace.
Whether we are home or abroad, surrounded by many
people suffering from this illness or only a few, Jesus
Christ, stay with us as we endure and mourn, persist and prepare.
In place of our anxiety, give us your peace.
Jesus Christ, heal us.
Welcome to St. Catherine's
The Parish Community of Saint Catherine of Siena welcomes you with great delight and pleasure. Everyone, as well as your families, are joyfully invited to be among us at the celebration of Sunday Liturgies and to be actively involved in the faith-filled activities of the Parish.
Come, see and experience the parish life our ministries and services offer to all, leading us to fulfill the Gospel Truth and Values.
Full of hope and gladness, may you realize and find that our website is helpful and informative.
With eyes firmly fixed on the Gospel of Jesus Christ, the community of Saint Catherine of Siena Parish gathers to celebrate the Eucharist and worship God with joy and commitment. We welcome and reach out to those within our parish family and those beyond this community as we spread the Good News by offering hospitality, spirituality, ongoing faith formation, and support for those to whom we minister.
Prayer to St. Catherine of Siena
Father, in meditating on the sufferings of your Son and in serving Your Church, St. Catherine was filled with the fervor of Your love. By her prayers may we share in the mystery of Christ’s death and rejoice in the revelation of His glory.
St. Catherine of Siena Pray for Us